Sen. Eaton encourages the use of IRS Free File

State Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, today encouraged constituents to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the IRS Free File program. Since 2003, IRS Free File has offered 70 percent of taxpayers free access to leading commercial tax preparation software. Every taxpayer with a 2010 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. This service is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies.
“Preparing your taxes and filling out forms can often be a confusing and frustrating process,” said Sen. Eaton. “IRS Free File provides free access to tax preparation software so you can easily prepare and e-file your federal taxes online at no cost.”
To begin, taxpayers should visit the IRS Free File website – www.irs.gov/freefile. Users will find a list of Free File Alliance member companies and may either choose the one that fits their needs or utilize the “help me find a company” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company’s website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns.
Sen. Eaton also encourages people with questions about filing their tax returns to contact the following tax help services:
• Minnesota Department of Revenue
State individual income tax help-line: 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094
Questions can also be e-mailed to indinctax@state.mn.us.
• AccountAbility Minnesota
This organization provides accounting assistance and tax help to low-income individuals and small business owners. AccountAbility has a number of free tax preparation locations and times now through April. For a location near you, check their website www.accountabilitymn.org or call (651) 287-0187.
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA recruits and trains community members to offer free tax preparation for low-income taxpayers. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. To find a VITA site near you call 1-800-906-9887.
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Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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